Summer is in full swing so I thought I’d go back in the old blogging vault and share some of my favorite summer posts. I hope you enjoy and if you try one, I’d love to hear all about it!
I am so stinkin’ excited to share this room makeover with you today! It’s been on my to do list for months now and I’ve honestly wanted to do something new and fun for this bathroom since we moved in. This is our main bathroom that all of our guests use but it’s also Gav and Ro’s shared bathroom. I wanted them to have a bathroom that was kid friendly and fun. The old one was definitely neither…Continue reading
It’s that time of year again, Easter basket time! For a while, to be honest, I was a little against Easter baskets. It felt almost like Valentine’s day to me. Easter is a time of rejoicing and celebrating our risen savior, not bunnies and baskets and eggs filled with sugar. But, eventually, the excitement got to me and I figured it was all in fun, we definitely teach our kids about the meaning of Easter (well, right now, the 5 year old), and I decided I was being an Easter scrooge. Today I’m getting in the spirit with some cute and easy DIY bunny baskets. Continue reading
I’ve been making over the boys’ creative corner in our basement for a little while now. I revamped the art supply stash with some pallet storage and I rehung some of the art that was already there. But it was definitely still bare. It needed some color and character. What better way to add some character than with the two characters I gave birth to?! I got some paints and let my little Picassos go to town.Continue reading
If you’ve ever looked for a product mockup, you know that free ones are very hard to come by and most you have to pay for. These can range in price starting at $8 depending on the quality, the shop itself, or how many you get, the price goes up from there. I love creating free printables but just didn’t want to shell out the money for versatile mockups. That’s when I decided that I would just make my own and share how to do it with you!Continue reading
It’s been way too long since my last DIY post and I’m here to remedy that! I’ve been in one of those moods lately where everything in my house needs an upgrade. This is a relatively common occurrence (annoyance, if you ask my husband) once I’ve finished an area. I’ll finish a space, love it for a few weeks and then want to change it. Maybe it’s the perfectionist in me but I prefer to think of it as the “perpetual need to be creative-ist” in me. That’s totally a thing…
One of these spaces that has incurred my creative wrath is Gav’s art table/creative learning corner. I decided that I wanted to reorganize his art supplies in a way that didn’t put a million tiny holes in the wall. I tried using those little plastic drawers but Ro quickly showed me that those made it much easier for him to eat crayons. That’s when I came up with this super simple, inexpensive and minimal wall damage project.
I have to admit, my Pinterest game is super weak these days. I’ve gotten back in the habit of pinning 5,000,001 things and doing nothing with it. So sad, such wasted inspiration. I used to try to do them often (see my Saw It, Pinned It, Tried It posts HERE) but then life kinda happened and I stopped.
Finally the day came for the big party! I made as much as a could for this one and had been planning it since about July. Ok…ok…to be honest, I knew his theme from about the time he was born. I’m weird like that. Anyway, I wanted to have as much for the party that I could and by starting so early, it was definitely more affordable.
Luckily, a lumberjack theme is a great one for this time of year because many stores are already setting up for the holiday season. There was plenty of fall and Christmas decor to inspire me!
Perusing Pinterest can be quite daunting sometimes so I pared the menu down to what I knew most people would like and what would be easy to prepare. Also, with a brunch menu, had to have mimosas and coffee! After a morning of putting all the food together my house smelled like bacon for a few hours and it was awesome (PS: Baking bacon is the best!) I definitely bought too many pancakes but at least my boys love them and now they have breakfast until they’re 25.
On to the cake/cakes. Usually, my mom and aunt are in charge of the cake (See Gav’s construction cake HERE. They NAILED it! Ha!). This year they found an ice cream cake that looked like a log and decided that they would order two.
Come the day of the party however, Baskin Robbin’s didn’t have our order. Yep, no log cakes. But they did give us a delicious cookies cream cake that was even bigger so, ya know, it’s all good. But I definitely wanted a smash cake for Ro. I had been swooning over all of the “naked cakes” on Pinterest and thought they would be perfect. Through the hustle and bustle of the party prep, I suddenly became in charge of making the cake. Now, I’ve made cake before but not to be presentable or pretty or anything like that. I’ve made cupcakes but my icing job is always pretty disappointing but I was determined to give this a shot.
I’m happy to report that it turned out great. I was (still kind of am) very proud of myself! The “ONE” topper will have a DIY coming soon to the Pretty Providence blog so stay tuned. The bear candle is just a figurine that I dug a screwdriver into and hot glued a candle in. Be careful with hot gluing a candle though, obvious they melt! (Side Note: The awesome hubby cut the wood slices from an old tree we cut down in our front yard!)
The thank you bags were a fun little addition and something for the guests to take home or eat on the way home. I also knew that I would have a few smaller guests and wanted to give them a little something extra. Their bags were filled with some bubbles, red foil wrapped kisses, a glow bracelet, some woodland creature tattoos, and gummy BEARS, of course!
Then it came time for celebrating and smash caking. Ro quickly got the hang of it and I even snuck a icing filled kiss in there!
We had such a wonderful time and want thank everyone for coming out to celebrate our burly little lumberjack!
PS: Huge thank you to my friend Talie for taking photos for us!!
If you’re anything like me, you love having pictures of your family all over your house. We have so many wonderful photos around our house but they are, mainly, in frames. Maybe one or two aren’t but, for the most part, what else do you do with them to display them? This is exactly what made this craft item so challenging for me. And I loved it!
When I started just thinking about things we might need around the house, our dry erase board came to mind. It was getting pretty dingy, it was small, and our little family was starting to get pretty busy with Gav going to Pre-K, all his actives, and my husband and I wanting to volunteer more at church. My husband and I are always trying to keep up with the important dates and schedules and sometimes we just forget to tell the other or forget what the other told us. (That happens ALOT!) Then there is Roman’s little feeding schedule which is pretty open, but when my parents or in-laws babysit, it’s nice to have something for them to look at so they know what exactly he needs. That’s when I decided to chuck the old dry erase board and revamp a bigger one into a family info board.
What You’ll Need: Large Magnetic Dry Erase Board, Picture of Each Family Member, Lamination sheet, Sticky Back Magnets, Thin Washi Tape, Exacto Knife
To get even sized pictures of each member of my family, I used Lipix (an app on my phone) to create one single image that I could cut up. This definitely works best if you have an even number of family members. Our printer is on the fritz so I sent it off to a store to be printed but you can use regular paper from your printer and save a $1.50. I had mine printed as a 5×5.
Cut out each picture, I did a little extra trimming to allow for more room on the board, and laminate them. I used a heat laminator but they also sell self-laminating sheets if you don’t have one. Cut the picture out of the lamination and place a small piece of magnet on the back. My main reasons for using magnets instead of just taping/gluing them on are one, I didn’t want to ruin the board in case I eventually want to reuse it and two, the boys are going to change so I want to be able to change their pictures to reflect them.
Using the washi tape, tape off a section for each picture and trim with an exacto knife. Now you have a place for each member and all of their info!
I love how clean and simple this ended up looking. It really helps soothe my OCD. Ha! If you have any projects using your own fabulous family photos, come link up with us at the bottom of the post!
Want to join in next month? Our craft item for September is:
It’s screen free week here and we’re not doing to bad. Gav has asked a few times if he can watch this or that but it hasn’t been met with much whining at all. So the other day, while Gav was begrudgingly doing his rest time, I whipped up a new sandbox for him.
What You’ll Need: Large Bin, Flour, Baby Oil, Small Toys/Rocks/Digging Tools
Following THIS recipe, I made some homemade moon sand in a deep storage bin I happened to already have.
Then all you have to do is bury some of the toys, place some on top to play with and you’re ready to go! Just make sure this is strictly an outdoor activity. It gets messy!
Our old dino Jello mold, which really was terrible for Jello, worked great with the moon sand. Other items that are fun to use are measuring cups, silicone baking molds, and sifters.
Also, note to self, don’t wear black while playing in the “sand” box.